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Best double buggies for babies & toddlers and for twins

Choosing a double buggy for a baby and toddler or for twins? Don’t buy anything until you check out our pick of side-by-side and tandem buggies...

Best double buggies

Double buggies aren’t just a must-have if you have twins. They’re also a convenient option if you have a baby and a toddler, and the clever convertible options now on offer can also be worth considering when you have your first child, as a way of future-proofing should you go on to extend your family at a later date.

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What type of double pushchair do I need?

The first thing to consider is whether you’re looking for a traditional side-by-side buggy, or a modern tandem design.

Tandem buggies tend to be convertible, and often start out as a pushchair with a single seat or carrycot (a “single to double” pushchair). Adapters can be used to add a second seat, a carrycot or (in some cases) a car seat to the frame. Your children sit in tandem, one in front of the other, and you’ll probably find that there are a number of seat configurations you can try.

These buggies are the same width as a single pushchair, making them narrower for getting through doorways, but can be heavy to push and difficult to manoeuvre up and down kerbs due to all that front-loaded weight.

MFM home tester Kayleigh said a single-to-double works perfectly for her. She said, “With a single-to-double, you’re not lumbered with a cumbersome double once one child is walking more, and it also ‘future proofs’ your pram so you spend less in the long run.”

Side-by-side buggies on the other hand have the children side by side but are therefore wider. People often think of them as an option for twins, but they can work for kids of different ages too. Most have seats that can be adjusted separately from each other (so one could lie flat while the other sat up) and some can have carrycots attached.

Home tester Ijeoma says her boys both preferred to be seated side-by-side. “It meant they could see each other and had better views.”

Obviously side-by-side pushchairs are generally wider, but most will still fit through a standard sized door, and with the weight more evenly distributed, they’re easier to get up and down kerbs.

We’ve included both tandem and side-by-side options in our list below so if you’re till not sure what you’d like, we have more information available on the pros and cons of each type of double buggy.

What should I look out for when buying a double pushchair?

Does it work from birth? – If you’re planning to put a newborn baby (or babies) in your double pushchair, you’ll need to make sure there’s a way for them to lie completely flat. Most likely, this will mean using carrycot, although some pushchairs have seats that have been designed to lie completely flat. Do check this carefully, as some pushchairs advertised as “lie flat” still sit at a slight angle.

Is it a a travel system? – If you drive a lot you may want a frame that can be adapted to take infant car seats. This option is more common with tandem pushchairs, although you may need to buy additional adapters, and not all car seats will fit all buggies. If you’re not prepared to buy a branded car seat to match your buggy, the so-called “universal” adapters tend to work with seats from Cybex, BeSafe and Maxi-Cosi.

What configurations are there? – Although you’re limited with side-by-side pushchairs, most tandems offer a large number of seating configurations. Consider how easy it is to see your children, particularly a newborn in a carrycot. Charlotte Gelstharp, from leading baby retailer Natural Baby Shower, says, “A reversible seat offers versatility – when they are younger you can easily keep an eye on them in parent facing mode, then as they grow you can switch it around and they can see the world around them and keep them entertained.”

How much does it weigh? – Anything that carries two children is going to be heavy, especially if one of those children is a 12kg+ toddler. Do look into the overall weight of the pushchair (including the seats / carrycots you will be using) as this could be a big deciding factor, especially if you need to negotiate stairs or lift it in and out of a boot a lot.

How wide or long is it? – Although side-by-side pushchairs are cleverly designed to be as narrow as possible, they won’t fit through all doorways or hallways so if yours are narrow, check those measurements! The same goes for the length of a tandem buggy: if you have a couple of steps up to your porch or a short entranceway, you could really struggle if you buy the wrong one.

How long will it last? – Most doubles will have a maximum weight per seat, and possibly for the total frame, plus different seats and carrycots accommodate different heights. If your children are in the higher weight or hight percentiles, do consider the upper limits, the approximate ages given aren’t always to be trusted.

What’s the storage like? – Because they tend to be larger overall, most double pushchairs come with generous shopping baskets, but access may be partially blocked off in certain configurations (if you have a carrycot at the bottom of a tandem, for example).

What accessories are provided? – When you’re using multiple seat configurations, purchasing lots of additional accessories like rain covers, mosquito nets and so on can quickly add up, so check what comes provided as standard.

How much does a double pushchair cost?

One of the biggest factors to consider when choosing a double buggy is cost. Luckily good double buggies come in a wide range of costs, so there is likely to be something suitable whatever your budget is.

A MadeForMums survey found that 81% of parents spent between £100 and £999 on a double buggy. A quarter of those surveyed purchased one for between £100 and £299, with only 6% spending over £1,000, so there’s a wide variety available which we’ve reflected in our list.

How we chose and tested these pushchairs

When testing double pushchairs we consider comfort for both children and parents, weight, size, folded size, wheel type, folding mechanism, fabrications, longevity and whether they are worth the money.

Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don’t just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.

Here’s our pick of the best side-by-side double buggies for 2021

1. Roma Gemini Double Pram, £399

Best for easy steering and handling

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Suitable for: Newborn to 22kg in each seat | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: No | Weight: 9kg | Dimensions unfolded: ‎H101cm x W70cm x L105cm | Dimensions folded: H79cm x L42cm x W69cm | Number of seating configurations: 1 | Awards: Gold – Double pushchair side-by-side, MadeForMums Awards 2021

The Roma Gemini weighs the same as some single pushchairs and folds down into an admirably small package, making it a great option if you want something lightweight and easy to transport. However, where it really impressed was its handling. Even with two children in the seats, it’s easy to manoeuvre. “The steering is truly on a par with the highest-end pushchairs out there,” said home tester Karolina, mum of a a baby and toddler.

The seats recline flat, but there are also carrycots available for £100 each which not only provide cosier space for a newborn, but also offer a parent-facing option in the early months. Tester Hannah, mum of twins, said the carrycots made it “ideal for twin parents,” although they do push the price up significantly.

The fabrics are quite light, and the details are definitely less luxurious than some more premium models, but this is partially because of the lightweight construction, which is a huge plus in the practicality stakes. Many parents will love the addition of a bumper bar, and it also has a generous basket for all those essentials and non-essentials you need when out with two children.

Pros: Offers incredible value, feels light, folds well, great steering and handling
Cons: Can feel “flimsy” due to the lightweight construction, carrycots add to cost

Available from: Amazon and Kiddies Kingdom

2. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double, £449

Best for a compact forward-facing option

Suitable for: Birth to 15kg in each seat | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: No | Weight: 10.5kg | Dimensions unfolded: H102.5cm x W:66.5cm x L94.5cm | Dimensions folded: H25cm x W66.5cm x L63cm | Number of seating configurations: ‘Multi’ | Awards: Silver – Double pushchair side-by-side, MadeForMums Awards 2021

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double is one of the narrowest side-by-side buggies on the market at 66.5cm so is able to go through most doorways. It features an ultra-compact fold, (H:25 x W:66.5 x L:63cm) making it handy for storage at home or in your car boot, and is great to push on urban streets.

Both of these were important features MFM tester and a parent of twins, Hannah, who said, ““For a parent of twins and/or more I think this buggy has huge appeal, because of the ease to fold down and it fitting through doorways, along with the cost I think it’s a great choice.”

The City Tour 2 Double cannot be used as a travel system with car seats, but you can put two carrycots on it to use from birth. Due to how narrow and compact the buggy is though the carrycots are quite small and the seats rather narrow making it a “squeeze past four months”, MFM Editorial Director Susie Boone found.

However the seats do recline to a flat position so babies under six months can lie flat – a handy option if your baby outgrows the small-sized carrycot.

Its basket underneath can hold up a decent amount (up to 5kg), which is essential with twins, but there is a bar from the frame down the middle, so fitting a large changing bag in is tricky.

Pros: Easy and compact fold, narrow, lightweight for a double
Cons: Can’t be used with car seats, fixed height handlebar, narrow seats

Available from: Amazon, Uber Kids and Boots

3. Bugaboo Donkey 3 (Duo Mode), from £1,315

Best for versatility

Suitable for: birth to around 22kg each seat (4 years) | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 15.3kg | Dimensions unfolded: H93cm x W74cm x L85cm | Dimensions folded: H:52 x W:74 x L:93cm | Number of seating configurations: 17 | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.3 stars

Bugaboo prams have always been highly regarded and the Donkey 3 is no different. It’s perfect for growing families as you can use it as a single buggy in mono mode, then convert it to a double buggy (duo mode) if you have more children. The clever frame expands widthways to accommodate the extra seat (in mono mode, it’s narrower but there’s still space for a handy shopping basket next to your child). If you have twins it can be used as a double buggy straight away as it will also take two carrycots or car seats.

The latest model now has foam-filled tyres, so you won’t have to worry about punctures. These also give the Donkey a smooth ride on lots of different surfaces as MFM reviewer, Alex, found, “The wheels are large and sturdy and we managed great on pavement, cobbles, riverside paths and uneven hilly round through the local allotment. Bugaboo say you can push this buggy one handed and they are spot on.”

In Duo mode the Donkey3 is 74cm wide which is narrower than the average 80cm of most twin (side by side) buggies. It’s worth keeping in mind that our MFM reviewer struggled to fit it through her 75cm-wide front door in this mode, so it’s worth checking before you buy.

A handy feature of the Donkey3 is that you can fold it with the seats attached, but it does not fold down small unless you take the wheels off, and even then it’s still bulky. Alex said, “even in its most compact folding mode, the seats that come with it take up a lot of room, so it’s worth considering where you’ll put it.”

Pros: Narrower than most side-by-side buggies, 17 seat configurations, extra storage space
Cons: Bulky when folded down, heavy, expensive

Read our full MadeForMums Bugaboo Donkey 3 pushchair review

Available from: Bugaboo, Samuel Johnston and UberKids

4. Mountain Buggy Duet, £649

Best for narrow doorways

Suitable for: Birth up to 18kg | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 15.5kg | Dimensions unfolded: H106cm x W63cm x L101.5cm | Dimensions folded: H:96 x W:63 x L:30cm  | Number of seating configurations: 7 | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.4 stars

Created by a New Zealand dad who wanted to enjoy mountain trails with his children, the Mountain Buggy Duet is the slimmest side-by-side on the market, at 63cm, with a footprint the same as a single buggy. This makes it ideal for parents who are worried about fitting through narrow doorways or on public transport.

It’s not the quickest of buggies to assemble but once done, the suspension of the air-filled tyres provides a dream to push on all manner of terrains. Nothing fazes it, and its manoeuvrability is superb as MFM reviewer Sybilla found, “You won’t have any problems changing direction or lifting the Duet onto the pavement or kerb, as not only is it light, it’s easy to steer and can change direction at the drop of a hat.”

One of the Duet’s handy key features is also its handbrake on the adjustable handlebar, a welcome addition when pushing two children down a hill.

Although it’s light to push, it’s not so light to lift once folded, at 15.5kg. It doesn’t have a compact fold, although it is easy to fold down albeit with two hands. But the fact it can fit anywhere when pushing makes up for its bulk in the car boot.

Pros: Very narrow, performs well on multiple terrains, useful handbrake
Cons: Heavy to lift, hard to assemble

Read the full MadeForMums review of the Mountain Buggy Duet here

Available from: Samuel Johnston, John Lewis and Online4Baby

5. My Babiie Samantha Faiers Grey Melange Double Stroller, £225

Best for traditionalists

My Babii Samantha Faiers Double Buggy

Suitable for: Birth to 15kg | Can be used with carrycots: No | Travel system compatible: No | Weight: 15.6kg | Dimensions unfolded: H108cm x W76cm x L79cm| Dimensions folded: L105cm x W45cm x H46cm | Number of seating configurations: 1 | Awards: Bronze – Double pushchair side-by-side, MadeForMums Awards 2021

Style is a large part of the appeal of this double stroller from My Babiie and TOWIE star Sam Faiers, which features reversible padded seat liners in blue or pink diagonal stripes that you can flip over to customise.

With a tried-and-tested traditional design, It also has separate curved handlebars and an umbrella fold, rather than the flat fold of many other modern double pushchairs). This may make it easier to store in narrow hallways or cupboards, or while out and about, but it won’t suit everyone and can feel quite chunky.

It’s got a very reasonable price tag, although this does mean that fabrications and details aren’t as luxurious as some of the more expensive options. That said, our home tester Kelly, mum of a 9-month-old, commented that the buggy “feels more expensive than it is,” and it definitely packs in a lot for the price, with a rain cover and cup holders thrown in too.

Home tester Nichola, mum of twins, praised “the extra-long hoods with 3 different positions…perfect when one child is sleeping but the other wants to look out at the world.”

Pros: Striking look, extra-long hoods, lots of accessories, affordable
Cons: Umbrella fold not suitable for everyone, design not to all tastes

Available from: Amazon and Kiddies Kingdom

6. Joie Aire Twin, £140

Best for a quick, one-handed fold

Suitable for: Birth to 3 years | Can be used with carrycots: No | Travel system compatible: No | Weight: 11.8kg | Dimensions unfolded: H102cm x W76cm x L80.5cm | Dimensions folded: H98.5cm x W30.5cm x L78cm | Number of seating configurations:1 | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.5 stars

The Joie Aire Twin is an affordable and easy-to-fold stroller ideal for both twins and siblings of different ages, as the seats recline separately so a baby can lie-flat whilst their older sibling can be upright. MFM reviewer, Jenny, praises the Aire Twin for this feature, “They’re very easy to recline and pop back into the upright position with the minimum of fuss. With the leg rests and the full recline, I would be confident that my boys would be able to have a good nap in the buggy.”

At just 11.8kg it is not the lightest on the market, but it is easy to push on even, flat surfaces. However Jenny mentioned she struggled to mount kerbs due to the small wheels. She said, “I used all my weight to push down on the handlebar and I simply could not get the wheels up – instead, I had to reverse up every kerb. Having said that, my husband tried and had no issue.”

One of its star features is the one-handed fold which also one of Jenny’s favourite elements of the Aire Twin, “I am so impressed with how easy and quick the Joie Aire Twin is to fold and put up. As Joie promises, it really is a quick, one-hand fold.”

Pros: Good value, individually reclining seats, one hand fold, generous basket, lightweight
Cons: Doesn’t fit in all car boots, no division between seats, handlebar doesn’t adjust, not carrycot or car seat compatible

Read the full MadeForMums review of the Joie Aire Twin here

Available from: John Lewis, Argos and Mamas & Papas

7. Out N About Nipper V4 Double, £400

Best for handling multiple terrains

Suitable for: Birth to 4 years | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: No | Weight: 12.8kg | Dimensions unfolded: H96cm x W72cm x L119cm | Dimensions folded: H42cm x W72cm x L90cm | Number of seating configurations: 1

If you’re looking for an all-terrain double buggy, the Out and About Nipper V4 has to be high up the list. With three wheels, rear suspension and hard-wearing pneumatic tyres this buggy can handle anything you throw at it.

These features make it a breeze to push as MFM reviewer, Christy, found, “It’s lighter than most singles to push even on rough ground, steers effortlessly with one hand.”

At 12.8kg it’s much lighter than the similar all-terrain Mountain Buggy Duet which is 14.7kg but is more than 10cm wider at 72cm (the Mountain Buggy Duet is 63cm). However this doesn’t make it hard to manoeuvre as one Amazon reviewer found, “It is narrower than it looks, I always think I’m not going to fit through doorways and gaps but there hasn’t been a door I’ve not been able to push it through yet.”

It can be used from birth as the seats recline to lie-flat, but we also like that you can also buy carrycots to go on it too at £130 each. Each seat reclines independently so it’s not only ideal for twins but also for different aged siblings.

Pros: All terrain, light to push, adjustable handlebar, quick release wheels to remove for storage
Cons: Not travel system compatible

Available from: Samuel JohnstonAmazon and Uber Kids

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8. Silver Cross Wave, £1,075

Silver Cross Wave 2020

A luxury ready-to-go double

Suitable for: Birth to 25kg (single mode) or 15kg (twin mode) | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 17.7kg (double mode) | Dimensions unfolded: H95-109cm x W60cm x L111cm | Dimensions folded: H94cm x W60cm x L38cm | Number of seating configurations: 7 (up to 30 with adapters) | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.7 stars | Awards: Gold (joint) – Convertible buggy, MadeForMums Awards 2021

The 2020 version of the Silver Cross Wave is 1kg lighter than its popular predecessor. Straight out of the box, you can immediately accommodate a newborn and toddler in the Silver Cross One-plus-One system without having to buy an extra seat. For twins you’d need to purchase an extra carrycot or seat (or eventually both) which isn’t unusual, although they do ‘twin bundles’.

Silver Cross also produce a ride-on board for an older child, so if you’re strong enough you could push all three children at one time making this a versatile option for a growing family.

The Wave is a top-of-the-range luxurious tandem pushchair, so seats are front and back (inline) rather than side by side. Switching from single to double mode is effortless and setting up the various configurations is quick and simple.

MadeForMums reviewer Annie was really impressed with the Wave 2020, saying, “I was not a huge believer in double pushchairs before I used this.” She added, “It passed many tests for me, including a key one – my newborn baby slept in it very comfortably from the get go.”

The pram has multi-terrain wheels and four-wheel suspension so the ride on any surface is a comfortable one. Annie said, “the pram is sturdy and easy to push on all surfaces – we’ve been on grass, pebbles and all over the unpredictable pavements of East London. When used as a single or double, the Wave 2020 is a total pleasure to push.” However it is one of the heavier double buggies on the market, and when the bottom carrycot or seat is on, access to the huge shopping basket is restricted.

Pros: Fast conversion from single to double, 30 seat configurations with ride-on board, stylish
Cons: Expensive, heavy, long when two used with two seats or carrycots

Read our full MadeForMums Silver Cross Wave 2020 review

Available from: Silver Cross, John Lewis and Kiddies Kingdom

9. Uppababy Vista V2, £979

A stylish convertible buggy with huge storage space

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 12.4kg | Dimensions unfolded: H:100.3 x W:65.3 x L:91.4cm | Dimensions folded: H84.cm x W65.3cm x L44cm | Seating configurations: 9 | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.3 stars | Awards: Gold (joint) – Convertible buggy, MadeForMums Awards 2021

The UPPAbaby Vista 2 can carry twins, a baby and a toddler or even three kids with the addition of a piggy back board.

And one of its key features is that unlike some other double buggies, it offers configurations which allows both children to face outwards with the rear one elevated, so you avoid the ‘stacking’ issue where the child on the bottom gets stuck with no view.

It has all-wheel suspension which makes the ride a smooth one for the children, and easy to manoeuvre. MFM reviewer Jade says, “It’s probably the best buggy I’ve experienced when it comes to managing all terrains. It feels as stable with one baby on its own as it does with a toddler, and both together.”

The carrycot is bigger in the new model so will last longer, is suitable for overnight sleeping and can be released from the buggy with one-hand. But when in the double configuration with the carrycot and toddler seat, the carrycot has to go underneath.

And of course, what all owners of a Vista rave about – the size of the basket underneath. UPPAbaby says it has a capacity of 13.6kg. That is heavier than the buggy itself, so think of everything you can put in it!

Pros: Huge shopping basket, both toddlers have great view outwards, extendable pop-out sunshade
Cons: Expensive, more cumbersome to move when used as a double

Read our full MadeForMums UPPAbaby Vista V2 review

Available from: John Lewis, Mamas and Papas and Uber Kids

10. iCandy Peach, £1,245

Best for a one-handed fold

Suitable for: Birth to 25kg (single mode) or 15kg (twin mode) | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 11.7kg | Dimensions unfolded: H55cm x W52cm x L99cm | Dimensions folded: H70cm x W54cm x L28cm | Number of seating configurations: 25 | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.3 stars

Now in its sixth generation the iconic iCandy Peach is popular among image-conscious parents, and you can see why. It’s an attractive bit of kit and is ideal for those with a growing family, or with twins, who want something narrow. This is because it’s a tandem buggy where the seats are placed one in front of each other rather than side-by-side, so it still only takes up the footprint of a single buggy – great for narrow doorways or shopping aisles.

One of the key features iCandy boasts about is its one-handed fold – although there is definitely a knack to this and lots of parents say it needs two hands. MFM Reviewer and mum of two, Alice, used the iCandy Peach 4 and said: “It took me a while to master the folding mechanism – essentially you push down on the handle and it folds in one motion, so you can do it with one hand.

Once collapsed the chassis is free-standing rather than lying flat which makes it great for storage. Although you still have to store the seat or carrycot separately.

The Peach also comes with elevators so the seat unit can be positioned higher and closer to parent eye-level. MFM Reviewer, Alice added that it was certainly a comfortable ride, “ Whether upright or reclined she didn’t loll to one side as she can in less supportive pushchair seats. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look so comfortable!”

Pros: One-handed fold, carry cot suitable for permanent overnight sleeping
Cons: Heavy, expensive

Read our full MadeForMums iCandy Peach 4 pushchair review

Available from: John Lewis, Pramworld and Boots

11. iSafe Me&You Tandem, from £299.95

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Best for great value

Suitable for: From birth | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 16kg | Dimensions unfolded: L:83 x W:60 x H:105cm | Dimensions folded: L:88 x W:61 x H30cm | Number of seating configurations: Multiple | Awards: Silver – Convertible buggy, MadeForMums Awards 2021

With prices starting at under £300, this is a really great value option in the tandem buggy market that still delivers on manoeuvrability and comfort. Tester Ann, mum of a baby and toddler, said, “It’s easy to push, carries both my children comfortably and handles even tough terrains with relative ease.”

One of the bonuses with this model is that the carrycot and seat units are one and the same: they quickly convert from one to the other using straps and buckles, so you have fewer items to store at any one time. Tester, Samantha, mum of twins, said “It’s so easy to set up and fold down that I could do it on my own.”

The chassis is car seat compatible, meaning this is travel system ready, and there are a whole host of bundle options available with accessories and extras to make your life easier. On the downside, it’s not the lightest or most compact model on the market, and the seats can feel a bit squashed up, especially if you have two carrycots on the frame, and access to the shopping basket is limited in this mode too. However, with multiple configurations available you can play around to find the one that suits you.

Pros: Great value, convertible seats save space, car seat compatible
Cons: Fairly heavy and large, some seat configurations feel squashed

Available from: Amazon and Baby Travel

12. Cybex Gazelle S, £749.90

Best for storage capacity

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Suitable for: Birth to 22 kg  | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 12.6kg | Dimensions unfolded: H:100cm–110cm W:65cm L:93cm | Dimensions folded: L:86 x W:65 x H:35m | Number of seating configurations: up to 23 with accessories | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.5 | Awards:Bronze – Convertible buggy, MadeForMums Awards 2021

The Gazelle S combines streamlined design with a competitive price tag and lots of well thought-out details. Perhaps most important is the fact it comes with adapters built into the frame so changing between seats and carrycots is simple. It can also be folded with two seats in place, and adapters allow it to be used with infant car seats too.

Cybex is known for innovation and this single-to-double is no exception. It takes advantage of the convertible chassis to allow parents the option to use it in single mode with a large shopping basket. This sits behind the seat in parent-facing mode, for easy access and extra storage (a whopping 23kg combined with the underseat basket). It’s an innovative addition, but our reviewer Sophie did notice that the pushchair felt “slightly more cumbersome to move around” in this configuration.

The seats and carrycot are sleek and minimalist in design, giving the whole buggy a very streamlined look. Our reviewer loved the extendable hood on the seat unit, which “extends with a zip right down to the bumper bar of the seat unit and has a nifty viewing/ventilation mesh window.” Overall, this is a very stylish and high-performing model that’s great if you want extra storage. Home tester Rebecca, mum of a baby and toddler, said, “the Gazelle is a great buggy: compact, slimline, configurable and easy to use.”

Pros: Loads of storage, folds with seats, adapters built-in
Cons: Heavy at the front in some configurations

Read our full MadeForMums Cybex Gazelle S pushchair review

Available from: Mamas and Papas, Samuel Johnston, John Lewis and UberKids

13. iCandy Orange, from £1,095

Designed to grow with your family

Suitable for: Birth to 25 kg  | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 12.5kg | Dimensions unfolded: L72cm x W60cm x H95-105cm | Dimensions folded: L:70 x W:60 x H:28.5cm | Number of seating configurations: 30 | MFM Review Star Rating: 5 stars

With lots of unique features such as a built-in ride-on board, ‘cinema seating’ and 30 different seating configurations, the Orange is a popular choice when it comes doubles.

The price tag might be a bit eye-watering if you go for the twin model, but it’s the only buggy you’ll ever need. Even if you have children of different ages it can convert from single to double simply so will grow with your family, even if you have three.

A new feature invented for the Orange is the use of iCandy riser adapters which create a ‘cinema seating’ design which MFM reviewer Maxine explains, ““If you use the extenders with two seats, the way the seats are staggered allows you to make eye contact with both of your little ones if they’re facing towards you.”

Another impressive feature is the integrated ride-on board which can hold up to 20kg. One MFM user says this is one of her favourite features, “We’ve just started to use the integrated buggy board and my toddler loves it. She has plenty of room and enjoys interacting with her little sister while on it. I love that I don’t have to have a separate buggy board to trip over.”

Pros: Integrated ride-on board, cinema seating, 30 different seat configurations, huge basket
Cons: Expensive

Read the full MadeForMums review of the iCandy Orange here

Available from: Boots, Samuel Johnston, John Lewis, and iCandy

14. Cosatto Wow XL, £750

Best for numerous configurations

Suitable for: Birth to 25 kg | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 15.7kg | Dimensions unfolded: L99cm x W62.5cm x H103.5cm | Dimensions folded: L29cm x W49cm x H93cm | Number of seating configurations: 50 | MFM Review Star Rating: 3.1 stars

British brand Cosatto is known for its range of buggies featuring statement prints and designs. The company says its WOW XL buggy is the ‘ultimate family unit’ as straight out of the box it can be ready for a baby and toddler.

Once you’ve got all the right components, the WOW XL has over 50 seating configurations, so there’s plenty of ways for your children to ride.

MFM reviewer Megan was impressed with the number of combinations in parent and world-facing mode but adds, “We ran into a couple of problems with our toddler fitting comfortably when his seat was placed at certain heights, so it’s not guaranteed that everyone will work for you.”

It also has some handy extras including an in-built buggy board for an extra child, a large ‘super sized’ storage basket with compartments, and UPF100+ protection sunshade hood which also has a silver UV lining that can be pulled up and down for more protection. However a slight niggle is that the handlebar is non-adjustable, so it may not suit taller parents.

Pros: Bright attractive designs, in-built buggy board, 50 seating configurations, everything in the box to make it a double (not for twins)
Cons: Non-adjustable handlebar, need to buy additional seat/carrycot for twins

Read the full MadeForMums review of the Cosatto WOW XL here 

Available from: Cosatto and Amazon

15. Joolz Geo2, £1,099

A sturdy double for the city

Suitable for: Birth to 22kg  | Can be used with carrycots: Yes | Travel system compatible: Yes | Weight: 22.1kg | Dimensions unfolded: L104.5cm x W61.5cm x H115cm | Dimensions folded: L99cm x W61.5cm x H55cm | Number of seating configurations: 7 | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.9 stars

Dutch company Jooz certainly designs attractive looking prams. The Geo 2 is sleek and easy to steer, is compact and robust, with the upper seat so high it can double as a high chair. And the brand must be sure of how good it is – it has a lifetime guarantee.

MFM reviewer Anna found several uses for the elevated seat height and says, “It doubles as a high chair so no more waiting around for spare chairs when you’re out and about

“Its also means you won’t be bending awkwardly over the buggy while you’re tending to your toddler – and you don’t need to lift them into the seat; the frame above the front wheels doubles as a sturdy step so Alex could climb up himself.”

When in double mode, both seats/carrycots have to face forward, which might not be ideal for twin parents, and there is no storage space when it’s used as a double. You can buy a matching ‘sidepack’ for £45. Or use a rucksack. It also doesn’t come with a raincover which is quite unusual.

The Geo 2 performs well as a city buggy with our MFM reviewer highlighting how its “sleek frame and condensed size” was perfect for buses, trains and shopping aisles. And its four-wheel suspension and large back wheels also means it can handle well on slightly more uneven terrain.

Pros: Stylish, easy to steer, seat doubles up as highchair, lifetime guarantee
Cons: Expensive, no storage in double mode, seats face away from you in double mode

Read the full MadeForMums review of the Joolz Geo2 here

Available from: Uber Kids and Boots

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About the author

Gemma Cartwright is Consumer and Commerce Editor at MadeForMums and a journalist with over 15 years experience in lifestyle, fashion, entertainment and tech. She is mum to a toddler, and has tested hundreds of pushchairs during the MadeForMums Awards, on the buggy testing track at The Baby Show, and during our reviews process.